Missouri airports contribute $11.1 billion to the state economy, according to a study by the state Department of Transportation. "In addition to airports' status as a substantial job and payroll contributor, we found communities large and small rely on Missouri airports to spur economic growth and increase access to regional and worldwide markets," said Dave Nichols, director of the department, in a statement. The state is home to nine commercial airports, as well as 99 smaller airports.

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